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airtight (from Hermes, messenger of the gods and reputed inventor of a magic seal to keep a vessel airtight)
using words sparingly; terse; concise (from Lakonikos, meaning "Spartan." The Spartans were known for their terseness.)
unnaturally drowsy; sluggish; dull (from Lethe, river in Hades whose water, when drunk, caused forgetfulness of the past)
song or hymn of praise, joy or triumph (a paean was a hymn in praise of Apollo, the god of deliverance)
exceedingly variable; readily assuming different forms or shapes (from Proteus, a sea god who could readily change his shape to elude capture)
heavy; dull; gloomy; morose (from Saturn, father of Jupiter. Though Saturn's reign was supposedly a golden age, he has become a symbol of heaviness and dullness because the alchemists and astrologers associated his name with the metal lead)
quick; vivacious; active (from Mercury, the Roman counterpart of Hermes. Mercury was the messenger of the gods, the god of commerce, eloquence, and magic, and also the patron of travelers, rogues and thieves. His name designates a planet as well as a metal.)
safeguard or protection (from Palladium, the statue of Pallas Athena, which was thought to protect the city of Troy)
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